Total budget £33,940. Further details of the breakdown of what Wintersong will probably cost have been published in the comments of Nairn Matters blog on this article. Interesting to see where the money is going, travel, subsitence etc, etc.
UPDATE Friday morning: questions asked on the Nairn Matters Blog:
'Who decides to employ a consultant?
Who decides the amounts others get paid)?
Who gets to claim travel and subsistence?
How much do the workshop leaders get?
Are minutes of the meetings available to the public?'
The thread over on Nairn Matters has attracted quite a bit of debate so far and Admin over there have adopted a very fair stance in our opinion in their attempt to start a discussion over the event's future.
Perhaps in the interests of transparency the Wintersong group could let the public know a list of payments over and above that of the consultant? The worry about this is that perhaps we have a division now between those who give their time freely to the community and those that receive a payment? It would be healthy to have an open debate on all aspects of the Christmas Lights celebrations and perhaps as, Nairn Matters suggest, we could have something next year that will please everyone.